This chapter looks at forms of limiting access to communication technology as a method for maintaining control within colonial practice. Controlling powers induce and maintain digital inequalities to strengthen its control and manage possibilities of harvesting powers of communication technology towards emancipation opportunities and acts of resistance. The case under study is a look at power relations in Israel/Palestine, describing how Israeli control of communication technology in Palestinian territory, in its different forms from controlling access to infrastructure and media, to surveillance and control of online practice and the message, is contributing to oppression of people under occupation. The practices discussed are then put into a perspective of power relations to describe it as an act of weaponisation of access, calling for policies to address it within global Internet and freedoms landscape.
|Title of host publication||Digital Inequalities in the Global South|
|Editors||Massimo Ragnedda, Anna Gladkova|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Jul 2020|
|Name||Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series|